Leslie A. Berkoff, a partner and chair of the dispute resolution practice group at Moritt Hock & Hamroff, was appointed to the American Arbitration Association (AAA) – International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) Council and to the AAA-ICDR International Panel.
The American Bankruptcy Institute added Barbara Grant Bereskin and Katie Esser to the team supporting its partner program. Grant Bereskin joined the team as director of business development and partner programs and Esser joined as business development coordinator.
The American Bankruptcy Institute named Eve H. Karasik of Levene Neale Bender Yoo & Brill in Los Angeles to serve a two-year term as the organization’s first vice president of diversity and inclusion.
Robert P. Reynolds was elected president of the American Bankruptcy Institute. In addition, Hon. Kevin J. Carey of Hogan Lovells was named president-elect and Eve H. Karasik was elected to serve as the ABI’s first vice president of diversity and inclusion.
On Saturday, President Joe Biden signed the COVID-19 Bankruptcy Relief Extension Act. The legislation will extend personal and small business bankruptcy relief provisions that were part of last year’s CARES Act through March 27, 2022.
The American Bankruptcy Institute wrote to Congress formally requesting that debtors who have filed bankruptcy cases remain eligible for Paycheck Protection Program loans, notwithstanding their respective bankruptcy filings, in any future amendments or legislation addressing PPP funding.
Commercial Chapter 11 filings increased 46% in November 2020 compared with November of last year, according to data provided by Epiq.
Total U.S. bankruptcy filings in October decreased 41% from last year, according to data provided by Epiq Systems. Commercial Chapter 11 filings increased slightly, with the 550 filings in October 2020 up 4% over the 530 recorded in October 2019.
Those practicing in and for skilled-nursing facilities (SNFs) expected failure and death at rates greater than other healthcare settings because of “pre-existing conditions” of the industry, according to an article in the ABI Journal.
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, courts have alleviated some financial burdens of bankrupt retailers by granting “mothball motions,” allowing companies to shelve post-petition rental payments, according to an article in the August ABI Journal.